…New days bring new perspectives
A year ago today we were living out of boxes and suitcases while our home went through an unexpected and delayed renovation. When removing the flooring on day one of a planned remodel, a huge crack was discovered along the west wall of our foundation and all construction came to a screeching halt. We spent five months and one week living with my parents as we went through the process of determining how to fix, who to fix, cost to fix, and scheduling.
This process started on October 29th, 2018. We moved back into our home on April 4th, 2019. Once we cleared out the garage, we discovered an additional small crack that needed to be repaired. We got that fixed a few months later. This project took about a year to complete. In fact, it wasn’t until last week that we got the shelves rehung in the garage and stuff up off the garage floor.
In retrospect, it seems like an eternity. And yet, the memories that I will think of most in years to come, are the special times with my parents, and the many many times we stopped to really understand how blessed we are. I personally missed the privacy we have in our own home. Yet, we had our own room and space, even though my parent’s home is small. Everyone worked together to get along, and we had many wonderful meals, enjoyed movies together, and mom and I took weekly walks along the paths around their neighborhood.
Exactly one year ago, we were able to enjoy 10 days in a nearby hotel while my bother and family visited. It was an opportunity to enjoy that privacy I missed, as well a nice change in routine.
In hindsight, the problem was discovered before we came to a time to sell the house. That would have been a small disaster. My husband had just retired, so he had time to work with the contractors and follow up. We had a nice warm comfortable place to stay, for free. And yes, we had planned for such an emergency, and had the funds to complete the project.
Now, I enjoy my home in a new light. I appreciate every small upgrade we made when replacing the flooring, counter tops, and cabinets. It is a simple but beautiful home and I am truly blessed.
This Christmas, our family has gone out of town, so we reflect in peaceful quiet, all of the many events of the past year. Would I have preferred the project lasted only three weeks like expected? Yes. Would I trade in all of the special moments with my parents now? No. They showed a prime example of hospitality and did everything they could to make the experience as easy for us as possible.
❤❤ For this, I am truly blessed, and grateful ❤❤